LAND AND PROMISE: Jewish and Lutheran Perspectives on Israel/The Holy Land
Sunday, September 7, 2008 from 2:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
However described, Israel or the Holy Land is more than a critical piece of territory. This land is also sacred to diverse religious traditions spanning the globe.
While Jewish and Christian views about this land are not necessarily in opposition, they diverge and lead to different understandings of the same reality. For most Jews, the land of Israel is a convenantal and divine gift that invokes multiple expectations and/or represents a political expression of Jewish peoplehood. For most Christians, the land, while historically significant, traditionally has had a theological importance that is more spiritual symbolic than it is concrete and temporary.
The conference will explore these differences and the practical implications that arise from them, as well as suggest possible ways to achieve mutual understanding.
2:30 pm Registration opens
3:00 pm Program Begins
The Rev. Dr. Peter Pettit
Rabbi Dr. David Rosen
Rabbi Dr. Shira Lander
The Rev. Dr. Brooks Schramm
The Rev. Neil O'Farrell
Plenary Discussion of Participants
5:45 pm Dinner and Small Table Discussion of Selected Topics
7:00 pm Plenary Discussion of Selected Topics
8:00 pm Program concludes, Dessert Reception
The Reverend Dr. Peter Petit: Director, Insitute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, Muhlenberg College
Dr. Petit has been the Director of the Insitute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania since 1999. He is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America having served a parish in Riverside California from 1990 until 1999. Dr. Petit is a member if the Consultative Panel on Interfaith Relations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the International Advisory COmmittee of the Interreligious Coordinating COuncil in Jerusalem, and the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews.
Rabbi Dr. David Rosen: International Director, Department of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee Rabbi Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland, directs the American Jewish Committee's Department for interreligious Affair. He is Chairman of the International Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), serves as interfaith Advisor to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and is a member of its permanent Committee for Dialogue with the Vatican. He is an International President of the World Conference on Religion and Peace; Honorary President of the International Council of Chrisitans and Jews; and a founder of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. Rabbi Rosen serves on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum's Council for Muslim-West relations; and the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace. Rosen was formerly the rabbiof the largest South African Jewish congregation and a rabbinic judge on the Ecclesiastical Court. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed upon him a Papal Knighthood in recognition of his oustanding contribution to promoting Catholic-Jewish reconcilliation.
Rabbi Dr. Shira Lander specialized in Religion in Late Antiquity, Interfaith Dialogue and Jewish Theology. She currently chairs the Jewish History Department at the Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School in Baltimore and teaches at Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and the Ecumenical Institue of St. Mary's Seminary. Rabbi Lander was previously the Jewish scholar at the Institue for Christian and Jewish studies in Baltimore.
The Reverend Dr. Brooks Schramm, an ordained pastor in the ELCA, is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA, specializing in Old Testament, the history of the Hebrew language, Jewish biblical interpretation, and biblical theology.
The Reverend Neil O'Farrell is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, MD since June 2003. He serves as the dean of the Baltimore City Conference of the DE/MD Synod of the ELCA. Pastor O'Farrell earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. At seminary, his primary academic interest was early New Testament development.
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